What’s now Arkansas’ Independent Colleges & Universities was founded in March 1954 as the Arkansas Foundation of Associated Colleges. It began as a sort of “United Way” for the state’s private colleges and universities but has since evolved into an organization that also provides extensive governmental affairs and public affairs support for its 11 member institutions. In July 2019, Andy Goodman became the AICU president after serving as legislative director for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. The … …more

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Philander Smith College awarded $200,000 grant from the Windgate Foundation

Philander Smith College

STATE-OF-THE-ART CLASSROOMS WILL BE CREATED at Philander Smith College using a $200,000 grant from the Windgate Foundation of Little Rock, Arkansas.  According to President Roderick Smothers, these hybrid classrooms will incorporate advanced video conferencing technology capabilities in the Myer L. Titus Academic Center, the Kresge-Mabee Science Building, the Harry R. Kendall Science and Health Mission Center, the D.W. Reynolds Library, and the Ottenheimer Business Building.  “Designated as a “COVID-19 Assistance” grant, the award will allow … …more

Lyon College students make mountain of research out of anthill

Lyon College

Lyon students and faculty are studying local ants for a national research project. Biology professors Dr. Allyn Dodd, Dr. Maryline Jones and Dr. Cassia Oliveira have partnered with the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., for a national ant DNA barcoding project. “DNA barcoding allows researchers to identify species by DNA sequences,” Dodd said, “and can be used to identify invasive species.” She said researchers across the country are … …more

Lyon College student Harmon contracts with Army National Guard

Lyon College

A Lyon sophomore is continuing a family legacy by contracting with the Army National Guard. She is the first Lyon student to contract under the College’s new military science concentration. Blysse Harmon was inspired to join Lyon Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) by her uncle, who is a Lieutenant Colonel and chaplain with the Army National Guard.  “I’m really close with him. He’s like a father figure to me,” Harmon said. Her uncle talked … …more

Lyon’s Leftwich advances from ‘shy kid’ to college mentor

Lyon College

Senior Dimir Leftwich defined himself as an athlete in high school, but he wanted to be more than that in college. “When I was in high school all I did was play football and run track,” he said. “I was a really shy kid. I didn’t like talking to people unless you were my teammate.” During his time at Lyon, he has not only grown out of his shyness but has also grown into his … …more